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Just a quick not to let you all know ... My mother has now been moved out of the Critical Care Unit (ICU), and into a less-critical part of the hospital. Still no word on when she will be back home!
 
~Mark Harvey
 
 

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Smiling -over here !  Praising God for her slow but steady recovery -tell her we are praying for her!🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

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Hallelujah,that is Great...yes it can take a little while to get the pneumonia all cleared up sometimes...took about 9 days if i remmember right when i had it before.Praying now

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Praying~!

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Praise God for another positive update! More prayers!

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      Legalists,  have one message, and this message is not designed to Glorify the Lord or give praise to God for Grace.  But instead they identify themselves the same as they did in Paul's day, by trying to substitute The Blood Atonement and the finished work of the Cross, with..   "Torah", "Old Testament", "Commandment Keeping", "Obedience", "lifestyle",  "LAW"...."enduring to the end".... Its all the same thing.  Its denying Grace and trying to replace it with works. This is Legalism.  Its THE substitution of the Law, of doing WORKS< in Place of the CROSS.    Works in place of GRACE.
      Grace, God's grace, as you recall, is Him giving it to you as "The GIFT of Righteousness".... Whereas the Legalists, they want you to earn it.  The Legalist believes that The Cross starts salvation, and then the law, and keeping it, or keeping the commandments, or whatever they think KEEPS IT<  They teach you must do it........OR IF YOU DON'T, YOU LOSE Your Salvation.
      This spiritual and theological infection, LEGALISM,  was  so rampant in Paul's day, that he wrote an epistle to the Galatians to both instruct them and to expose and define exactly how a Legalist harms Born Again Christians.
      Paul recognized that this is such an issue, such a Satanic issue, that He literally said these religious people that do this are "cursed of God".    So, Its really not a small time issue, and its certainly not a joke. Satan understands that if he can't keep you from being born again, then the next best thing is to totally ruin your Christianity.
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       Galatians 3:1 :
       """O foolish Galatians, (born again) who hath bewitched you, that ye should NOT OBEY the TRUTH, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?""
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      Galatians 3:3:
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      """The real children of Abraham, (all the born again) then, are those who put their faith in God.""""
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